Two Oceans Marathon: All You Need To Know

Make the most out of your Two Oceans weekend!


RW Editors |

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and Half will take place on Saturday, 31 March 2018, with the trail runs, Nappy Dash, Friendship Run, Toddlers’ Trot, 2.1km and 5.6km taking place on Friday, 30 March.

EXPO AND REGISTRATION

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo is an opportunity for all runners to experience the latest trends in the running and sporting arena and be part of the exciting atmosphere leading up to the race. It will be taking place at the CTICC, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town.

Expo Dates and Times

The Expo will take place at the CTICC, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town

Wednesday 28 March 2018 10:00 – 19:00
Thursday 29 March 2018 10:00 – 19:00
Friday 30 March 2018 09:00 – 17:00

Take time to visit the many stands to check out the latest in running technology or stock up last minute race day essentials.

Number Collection on your Behalf

If you are unable to collect your race number and merchandise for whatever reason, you may nominate a friend to do so on your behalf. This person must produce one of these forms of identification:

  • Email / SMS proof of your entry (this will include your Race Number)
  • A copy of your ID / Driver’s license
  • Your RaceTec chip

Multiple Race Pack Collection

If you are collecting race packs on behalf of a group or team, please ensure that each runner receives his/her CORRECT RaceTec chip and race number. This is imperative, to avoid issues in case of an emergency, or disciplinary measures after the race

 


 

ULTRA STARTING TIMES:

All ultra runners start at 06:30.

HALF MARATHON STARTING TIMES:

A-C: 05:50

D: 06:00

E: 06:10

ROAD CLOSURES:

For a full list of road closures on race day, click here.

56K ROUTE MAP:

HALF MARATHON ROUTE MAP


 

EVENT INFORMATION

TOG BAGS: DHL Tog Bag Facility

Need to have your tog bag transported to the finish field while you run? A free Tog Bag Facility, delivered to you by DHL, will be available on Race Day.

  • The DHL Tog Bag facility opens at 04h00 (see map below)
  • There are 3 drop off points for your convenience.

Please attach the label provided at the Tog Bag Truck to your tog bag, and ensure that you keep the opposing label safe while you run. You will need the matching label to claim your bag.

Every care will be taken to ensure that the bags are safeguarded. However, please don’t leave expensive or valuable items in these bags as the organisers cannot accept responsibility for any losses

PARKING:

Parking at UCT and near the start is very limited. Runners are advised to share lifts to the start and to be dropped off within walking distance.

If you purchased a pre-paid parking ticket when you entered, it will be placed in your race pack. Please ensure that you have received this parking ticket when you collect your race number!

Limited Kelvin Grove pre-paid parking tickets (closest to the Start) will also be sold at the OMTOM Expo.

No parking is allowed on the M3 and anyone parking in contravention of road signs will be ticketed.

There is a free Shuttle Service that runs from the UCT Visitor’s Information Centre to the various parking areas. Please scroll down to view this map.

Seconding for 56km and 21km

The NO MOBILE SECONDING rule will be strictly enforced. No seconds may drive, cycle or run alongside any athlete on the route. The STAND AND HAND rule, whereby a runner’s seconds may stand at any refreshment station on the route and hand refreshments to their athlete while they remain stationary, will apply. No seconds may travel on the route.

The race referees will deal with any transgression of this rule and the penalty may include disqualification after a warning.

ULTRA CUT OFF:

09:40 – 25km: Sun Valley

10:00 – 28km: Halfway, Noordhoek Main Road

11:50 – 42.2km: Outside Four Seasons Farm, Hout Bay Main Road

13:30 – Finish Line Cut-Off

HALF MARATHON CUT OFF

09h00: 18km Cut-off (Almond Road)

09h20: Finish Line Cut-off


RACE INFORMATION

RACE NUMBERS & KIT:

Runners will receive TWO race numbers.  These must be worn without alteration on the front and back of the upper body garment. No race numbers are to be pinned on running shorts. Please complete your medical information on the back of your race number, for quick look-up in case of an emergency.

MISUSE of Race Numbers

Runners MAY NOT TRANSFER their race numbers and/or timing chips to other runners. Any runner who is found guilty of breaking this rule (the original entrant and new runner) will be disqualified from the current year’s race, and banned from a future race.

RACETEC CHIP:

All runners are required to wear a RaceTec timing chip on one of their shoes during the race. The chip must be registered in your and not belong to someone else. Runners who do not own a chip (or have lost theirs) must purchase a new chip when they enter, and runners who lose their timing chips after entering or have left them at home will be able to buy a new timing chip at Registration.

Remember: NO TIMING CHIP, NO RESULT. NO EXCEPTIONS. It is compulsory to have your RaceTec chip at Registration in order to collect your race pack with race numbers etc. The timing chip becomes your property upon purchase and collection and can be used for all RaceTec-timed events in SA.

WATER STATIONS:

22 well-stocked refreshment stations along the 56km route will ensure that every runner’s needs are adequately catered for, and 8 well-stocked refreshment stations are positioned along the half marathon route. Drinking water and Powerade will be provided throughout the race in 100ml plastic sachets (Booster Bags), while Coca-Cola will be served in 200ml Coke cups. In addition, potatoes, bananas, Ola Paddle Pops and other “morale boosters” will be available at some stations.

TOILETS:

Toilet facilities will be provided at every refreshment station and, where possible, will be located just past the station. Please use the toilets provided, and DO NOT relieve yourself in private gardens or public areas. Runners not respecting this rule will face disciplinary action.

MEDICAL:

It is imperative that runners fill in the medical information on the back of their race number. Should a runner require hospital treatment or ambulance transport, he/she will be charged according to the hospital tariff rate.

(021) 937 0324 > Please memorise this number in the case of a medical emergency. Information relating to runners who have been admitted to the Medical Tent will be available at the Information Tent next to the finish.

SUPPORTERS – WHERE TO GO AND SUPPORT

If you are wanting to follow your runner, click here for all the best spots along the route.


TRAIL RUNS INFORMATION

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Trail Runs take runners to the forests above UCT and both offer inspiring vistas over the peninsula on Good Friday morning – the 30th of March 2018.

Both the Short and the Long runs start at the UCT grounds and take runners along the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak and nearby forests. Open to beginners and experienced trail runners, these  challenging routes boast varied terrain with steep ascents and technical descents.

Start Time

The Trail Runs will take place on Good Friday, 30 March 2018. Both routes start at the Jameson Plaza, UCT and take in sections of forest, the slopes of Devils Peak and Groote Schuur Estate, finishing on the UCT rugby fields.

  • 07:00 – 24km in batches with 10 min. intervals
  • 08:40 – 12km in batches with 10 min. intervals

Cut-off Times

There will be a cut-off at 10h00 at the 13.5km mark for the 24km route (Tafelberg Road)

There will be a 12h30 cut-off on the mountain for anybody who is still left on the mountain.

All runners will be required to wear a RaceTec timing chip on one of their shoes during the race. The chip must be registered in the runner’s name and not belong to someone else. Runners who do not own a chip (or have lost theirs) must enclose the additional timing chip fee of R130 with their entry fee. Runners who have ordered timing chips will find these in their race packs at Registration before the race.  The timing chip becomes your property after the race and can be used for all events in SA that use the same timing system.

It is compulsory to have your timing chip at Registration in order to collect your race pack (with your race number, etc.).  Please ensure that you keep your timing chip in a safe place after the race in order to avoid having to buy a new chip.

Compulsory Equipment for the Trail Runs

Note: Athletes will be required to unpack their kit at the start to display their compulsory kit as listed below.

12km:

  1. Water – Carry at least 1 Litre (we recommend a hydration pack)
  2. Food – Energy Bar/ Sandwich/ Banana
  3. A cellphone charged with organiser’s number in Ziplock bag. (021 937 0324 – emergencies only)
  4. Windbreaker and disposable poncho OR waterproof jacket with sealed seams 
  5. Race Number, pinned to your shirt
  6. Your RaceTec timing chip, laced onto one of your shoes. The chip must be registered in your name and not belong to someone else. Runners who do not own a chip (or have lost theirs) must purchase a new chip when they enter, and runners who lose their timing chips after entering or have left them at home will be able to buy a new timing chip at Registration.
  7. Sunblock and a hat are recommended

24km:

  1. Water – Carry at least 2 Litres (we recommend a hydration pack)
  2. Food – Energy Bar/ Sandwich/ Banana
  3. A cellphone charged with organiser’s number in Ziplock bag. (021 937 0324 – emergencies only)
  4. Windbreaker and disposable poncho OR waterproof jacket with sealed seams
  5. Space blanket & whistle
  6. Sunblock & hat
  7. Race Number, pinned to your shirt
  8. Your RaceTec timing chip, laced onto one of your shoes. The chip must be registered in your name and not belong to someone else. Runners who do not own a chip (or have lost theirs) must purchase a new chip when they enter, and runners who lose their timing chips after entering or have left them at home will be able to buy a new timing chip at Registration.

Short Run (±12km)

Long Course (±24km)

For more information, visit https://www.twooceansmarathon.org.za/.

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